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Harvey loses Hurricane strength but still threatens Texas with floods

Hurricane Harvey has settled over southeast Texas, dumping rain and lashing the state’s Gulf Coast with damaging winds.

At the seawall in Palacios, Texas, the town may have been spared a disaster as the storm surge apparently did not breach the wall. Harvey made landfall Friday night as a Category 4 with 130 mph, (209 kph), winds.

It gradually weakened over the next several hours and by early Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said it back to a Category 2 – still sustaining winds of 110 mph, (185 kph), as of 3 a.m.

Early damage reports from Gulf Coast cities included collapsed roofs and walls. One community transported multiple people from a senior living home to the county jail for treatment after a roof caved in, but officials remained largely unable to assess the damage before daylight.

The National Weather Centre is in the process of downgrading Harvey to a Tropical Storm, but is warning residents that the worst is not over, and to beware of potentially widespread flooding.

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